Monthly Archives: August 2008

Press Release: Silvertown, Demons in Eden

August 4, 2008
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Press Release: Silvertown, Demons in Eden

New in paperback—Jonathan Silvertown here explores the astonishing diversity of plant life in regions as spectacular as the verdant climes of Japan, the lush grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the shallow wetlands and teeming freshwaters of Florida, the tropical rainforests of southeast Mexico, and the Canary Islands archipelago, whose evolutionary novelties—and exotic plant life—have earned it the sobriquet “the Galápagos of botany.” Bringing the secret life of plants into more colorful and vivid focus than ever before, Demons in Eden is an empathic and impassioned exploration of modern plant ecology that unlocks evolutionary mysteries of the natural world. Read the press release. Read an excerpt from the book. . . .

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Friday Remainders

August 1, 2008
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Friday Remainders

The August 2008 issue of National Defense is running an article about the military’s acquisition and use of unmanned drones that quotes James Hasik, aerospace and defense industry consultant, and author of the forthcoming Arms and Innovation: Entrepreneurship and Alliances in the Twenty-first Century Defense Industry. Read the article “Drones in the Military: Infatuation or True Love” on the National Defense website. On a related note, earlier this week, the Guardian‘s Dan Kennedy wrote an interesting op-ed piece on the American media’s coverage of the war in Irag, criticizing the U.S. military and government for “preventing the public from seeing photographs that depict the true horror of the Iraq war.” But Kennedy also takes note of Ashley Gilbertson’s recent Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Iraq War praising the book for its authentic portrayal of the war. Read the article at www.guardian.co.uk or see our WTF website featuring a video interview with the author. The July 30 edition of the New York Sun ran a review of Cyril Connolly’s 1938 Enemies of Promise, which we recently reprinted. Part memoir, part literary criticism, and part writing guide, the Sun‘s Marco Roth praises Connolly for the adaptability of his approach . . .

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